“The future of labor is the future of America,” labor leader John Lewis said, during the Great Depression.
And for a long time, you had to squint to see that future because it’s so bright. America capitalized on its enormous advantages after World War II with unprecedented growth that was — thanks to the labor movement — widely shared.
However, workers wages peaked in the 1970s and since then, gains have been widely shared by the richest .01 percent.
Some have argued that this is a mystic inevitability that is in no way connected to corporate America focusing its enormous power and wealth on an agenda of cutting taxes for the rich and deregulating industry.…